China Says It Followed Rules In U.S. Aircraft Intercept
China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday its aircraft followed the rules after two Chinese fighter jets carried out what the United States said was an “unsafe” intercept of a U.S. military reconnaissance aircraft over the South China Sea.The incident took place in international airspace last week as the plane carried out “a routine U.S. patrol”, the Pentagon said.A U.S. defense official said two Chinese J-11 fighter jets flew within 50 feet (15 meters) of the U.S. EP-3 aircraft. The official said the incident took place east of Hainan island.Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told a monthly news briefing China’s aircraft acted completely professionally and in line with an agreement reached between the countries on rules governing such encounters.However, he said the agreement, called the Rules of Behaviour for Safety of Air and Maritime Encounters, could only provide a “technical standard”, and the best way of resolving the problem was for the U.S. to stop such flights.“That’s the real source of danger for Sino-U.S. military safety at sea and in the air,” he said.
The encounter came shortly after China scrambled fighter jets as a U.S. Navy ship sailed close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea.Another Chinese intercept took place in 2014 when a Chinese fighter pilot flew acrobatic maneuvers around a U.S. spy plane.China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims.Washington has accused Beijing of militarizing the South China Sea after creating artificial islands, while Beijing, in turn, has criticized increased U.S. naval patrols and exercises in Asia.
French Wine May Be Improving Due to Climate Change
Wine from France has had some very good years recently, and it may be due to climate change. A study reported by the Harvard Gazette says that earlier warm weather has resulted in better wine production from vineyards in France.Earlier harvesting generally results in better wine. The study found that grape harvesting now occurs two weeks earlier. NASA researchers and Elizabeth Wolkovich, assistant professor of organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard, studied vineyard records stretching back to the year 1600.The study has some bad news. Data indicates, according to Wolkovich, that as weather continues to warm, \\\"higher temperatures will not produce higher quality.\\\"\\\"It\\\'s become so warm thanks to climate change, grape growers don\\\'t need drought to get these very warm temperatures,\\\" said climate scientist Benjamin Cook, the study\\\'s lead author.The study uses 2003 as an example of when the warm-weather threshold of quality might be reached. That summer produced a deadly heat wave, but the wine quality was mixed.
The study covered multiple vineyards throughout France, and the researchers found it to be a valuable look into climate change. Most records only go back a century, said Wolkovich, when climate change is believed to have already taken effect.Key to this study was many years of available historical records, since vineyards have been producing wine for centuries.\\\"These are some of the longest human records we have where people are actually writing down data year after year,\\\" Wolkovich said. \\\"Our data goes back to 1300.\\\"
\\\"Grapes have allowed us to see that we have fundamentally shifted the climate system through our actions,\\\" Wolkovich said.
Grapes in Oregon have also been affected by climate change, according to a report in the Capital Press. Oregon\\\'s niche in winemaking is its harvesting during cooler weather. The \\\"heat content\\\" of oceans, says the report, will affect seasons and reduce the window of vineyard harvest time.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio engages in \\\"un-American and uncivilized\\\" law enforcement tactics with his tent city jail and his record of aggressive enforcement of immigration laws, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Thursday at a Flagstaff, Arizona rally. \\\"It\\\'s easy for bullies like Sheriff Arpaio to pick on people who have no power, but if I\\\'m elected president, the president of the United States does have the power,\\\" Sanders said of the Maricopa County lawman, reportsThe Washington Post. \\\"Watch out, Joe!\\\"Arpaio, who calls himself \\\"America\\\'s toughest sheriff,\\\" has endorsed GOP front-runner Donald Trump, who has made cracking down on illegal immigration a cornerstone of his presidential campaign.
Sanders told the audience of just under 3,000 people who gathered at a Navajo casino that his wife, Jane, visited Arpaio\\\'s tent city in a separate campaign swing through Arizona, and the sheriff showed up to offer her a personal tour. She ended up asking the sheriff several pointed questions, Sanders said, after he \\\"kind of ambushed\\\" his wife. \\\"She asked him about racial profiling and he didn\\\'t have an answer,\\\" Sanders said. \\\"She asked him about conditions in tent city and other abuses that he has perpetuated, and he didn\\\'t have an answer.
Obama asks Democratic donors to unite behind Clinton
Washington: US President Barack Obama has privately asked the top Democratic donors to support front- runner Hillary Clinton, now that it is increasingly becoming clear she would be the party\\\'s nominee for the presidential elections, according to a media report.Obama made the \\\"unusually candid remarks\\\" during a top Democratic fund raiser in Austin, Texas last week, The New York Times reported.
\\\"Mr. Obama chose his words carefully, and did not explicitly call on Mr. Sanders to quit the race, according to those in the room,\\\" it said.Clinton\\\'s sole primary rival Senator Bernie Sanders is now lagging behind in delegate count to be the party\\\'s nominee for the November 8 presidential elections while the Democrat frontrunner had a clear sweep of the March 15 primaries in Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and Missouri.
\\\"Those in attendance said in interviews that they took his comments as a signal to Mr. Sanders that perpetuating his campaign, which is now an uphill climb, could only help the Republicans recapture the White House,\\\" the daily reported yesterday, adding that a White House official confirmed Obama\\\'s remarks.White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged Obama\\\'s comments.
\\\"President Obama made a case that would be familiar to all of you, which is that as Democrats move through this competitive primary process, we need to be mindful of the fact that our success in November in electing a Democratic president is dependent on the commitment and ability of the Democratic Party to come together behind our nominee,\\\" Earnest told reporters at his daily news conference.However, Earnest said Obama \\\"did not indicate or specify a preference in the race\\\".
Italy’s 5-Star Thrives Without Grillo
The unruly comedian who founded Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement is no longer whipping crowds into a frenzy at political rallies, but 5-Star, against all predictions, has proved it can outlive its creator.
Beppe Grillo’s fiery rhetoric, which almost got the movement into power in a 2013 national election, frightened off many moderate voters and his retreat to the theatrical stage the following year marked 5-Star’s coming of age, not its demise.It paved the way for a more serious makeover that has appealed to the center of Italian politics, positioning the party a close second to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party and favorite to win the mayor’s job in Rome on Sunday.
Scepticism was widespread when Grillo, now 67, announced he was stepping back in a blog portraying himself as Forrest Gump, the slow-witted, athletic character played by Tom Hanks in the eponymous 1994 movie.Grillo and the movement he founded in 2009 were seen as virtually the same thing. His supporters, elected to parliament with no political experience, were known simply as “Grillini,” meaning “little Grillos”.
“I’m pretty tired, as Forrest Gump would say,” he wrote in November 2014 beneath a mock-up of himself as Gump telling an enthusiastic group of followers he will stop running to and fro across the United States.Most commentators assumed it was another of his jokes, but Barbara Lezzi, an influential 5-Star senator, said the blog post did not take its parliamentarians by surprise.“Beppe had come to see us several times in the Senate and let us know what he had in mind,” she said. “He always wanted the movement to be able to stand on its own feet.”
Grillo set up a more formal leadership structure, with a five-member committee, or “directorate,” approved by an online poll, taking over day-to-day running of the movement.“5-Star is evolving from a ‘movement’, made up of followers of a charismatic leader into a ‘party’ with an organization and an internal structure,” said Raffaele De Mucci, a political science professor at Rome’s LUISS university.
“Rome will be a fundamental test if its mayor is elected, because it offers the chance to disprove the theory that it is too inexperienced to govern.”Its candidate Virginia Raggi, a softly-spoken, 37-year-old lawyer, is about as far from Grillo, personality-wise, as is possible and while she adheres to his anti-establishment message, her campaign is focused on everyday city issues such as transport and rubbish collection.
Many of the party’s ideas appeal to left and right-wing voters alike, something that sets 5-Star apart from other European anti-system parties such as the leftist Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain, or the far-right National Front in France.But its progress has been anything but smooth since its 2013 breakthrough. It has had setbacks at European and local elections and been so beset by internal divisions that 37 of its original 163 parliamentarians have left to join other parties.
It is widely criticized for an alleged lack of internal democracy and, in the handful of towns and cities it controls, several of its inexperienced mayors have run into trouble.So why has its appeal continued to grow?Weak economic and jobs growth, and a stream of corruption scandals affecting the established parties have certainly helped. Its trademark call for “honesty” in public life continues to resonate, and remains its chief asset.
But analysts say it has outgrown its image as purely a party of protest and its proposals are now also being taken seriously.These include universal income support for the poor, tougher penalties on white collar crime and tax evasion, building more prisons, closing down or privatising many publicly owned companies and cutting taxes for small businesses.
It wants to cut state generous pensions that are not fully funded by contributions and says the Bank of Italy should be owned by the state instead of the private banks it supervises.Most controversially, it proposes a referendum on whether Italy should remain in the euro zone, though it has sharply cut its anti-euro rhetoric since Grillo’s role declined and now seldom addresses the issue. “We have other priorities at the moment,” said senator Lezzi.
The party’s support comes mainly from the young and well-educated, data shows, while it has little following among pensioners. It gets a generally hostile press in Italian media.“They dismiss us as populist as a way to avoid discussing our proposals,” said Luigi Di Maio, the 29-year-old deputy speaker of the Chamber of Deputies who is tipped to be 5-Star’s candidate for prime minister at the next election, due in 2018.
“We are not populist. Our policies, from welfare to spending cuts and justice reform, are detailed and fully funded.”Grillo maintains a behind-the-scenes role as “guarantor” of the party’s internal rules. Its new, less aggressive leaders like Di Maio, offer voters a more reassuring public face.
Francesco Galietti, of Rome-based consultancy Policy Sonar, said 5-Star will have trouble maintaining its anti-establishment image if it assumes more positions of power.“Italy’s establishment has a long history of making peace with odd political bedfellows and if it tires of Renzi it may well seek to favor the normalization of the 5-Star Movement,” he said.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായങ്ങള് താഴെ എഴുതാവുന്നതാണ്.
ദയവായി അവഹേളനപരവും വ്യക്തിപരമായ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങളും അശ്ളീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങളും ഒഴിവാക്കുക.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായ പ്രകടനങ്ങള്ക്കോ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങള്ക്കോ അശ്ളീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങള്ക്കോ 24ന്യൂസ്ലൈവ്.കോം , അമ്മത്തൊട്ടിൽ.കോം ഉത്തരവാദിയായിരിക്കില്ല.